Don't even bother getting all fancy-schmancy with your vodka. Save your money. In the end, it tastes just the same. I get my bottles at a Wine and Beer Homebrewing supplier. Or you can order them online. They are called "Bellissima". I
make these and stock up in the freezer. Whenever I'm off to visit a
friend or go to a party, I grab on out of the freezer to bring. These
are always such a hit! Tip:
Do not label the bottles before you freeze them. The labels wrinkle
during thawing. Instead, before you give as a gift, take out of freezer
and allow to thaw and dry. Apply label.
Scrub the lemons to remove any wax or pesticides. Remove the
zest from the lemons using a vegetable peeler. Take care not to include
any of the bitter white pith.
Place the lemon zest in a
2 qt pitcher. Pour the bottle of vodka over the zest, seal tightly, and
set in a cool, dark place to steep for 4 days, shaking occasionally.
the 4th day, mix the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a
boil. Let boil until the syrup starts to form, 5-10 minutes. Let cool
completely. Add to the lemon zest mixture and let stand overnight.
The next day, strain over cheesecloth or a metal strainer and pour into decorative bottles and store in the freezer.
Serve over crushed ice.
On the Label:Serving suggestion: As an after dinner drink, serve one ounce in a small chilled aperitif glass. As a refreshing dessert, pour an ounce over a large scoop of shaved ice and garnish with a lemon twist.
Limoncello is best when served directly from the freezer.
Ingredients: beverage alcohol; distilled water; pure cane sugar, & lemon oil infused from the peel of fresh lemons.
100 ml -- 45% alcohol by volume This liqueur is homemade for private use only. Not intended to be sold or served commercially.